BLOWHOLE CAVE, UTAH

May 09, 2016

Blowhole Cave, Utah
This cave is a very unique and interesting cave system that corkscrewed into a 350ft drop which takes the caver through a historic geothermal tour of what might have been an ancient hot spring or geothermal vent.  The cave itself always stays around 80 degrees F. and gets to be sporty in places where corkscrews come into place making Rebelays important for this cave system.  

Blowhole Cave, Utah
 There is some interesting geology going on in this system because it is a constant 70-80 degrees yearlong, it is blowing out steam in the winter (hence the name) furthermore, the cave reached a depth of around 350 feet in a series of drops with some interesting evaporate seepage coming through the veins of the walls. 
Blowhole cave, Utah
There are no formations but it looks like this might have been some sort of spring or just a vent to a deeper network of caves.

Blowhole cave, Utah
 Laura, Rodney, Bryce, Joe and I drove up on this pretty rocky and 4x4 road up to the top of a mountain that was a grass plain with limestone boulders scattered everywhere.   The views at the top were beautiful as we could see Salt Lake and could see the rain clouds blowing through on the ranges to the west of us.
Blowhole cave, Utah
 We rig to a metal pole that has been hammered into the ground and back it up on the logs that were laying across the pit entrance. Since the cave is really warm and blowing steam out the entrance, there was green moss that covered the walls as we entered the system.
Geothermal cave, Utah
 What was also at the bottom of the first 20ft drop were snakes!  There were 4 snakes that Rodney rounded up and put into a bag so we could haul them out of the cave and pass through the gated entrance without the concern of being bit by a rattle snake. Never had the concern of snakes before. Thanks to Rodney for taking them out everyone was able to pass with ease.
 Blowhole cave, Utah
 It was quite warm even in the entrance of the cave but as we descended deeper, it got even warmer. The rock had some really interesting ribbon like strata with colors of red, yellow and orange in places. There was a blue/gray hue that I noticed as we went deeper into the cave.  Very interesting and rater beautiful! 
 Blowhole cave, Utah
 The first pitch down was around a 30ft corkscrew that came down to a slope which ended the first pitch. A  standing Rebelay was rigged into a metal pole and the passage continued on a sloping 45 degree angle for another 30ft.
Geothermal cave, Utah
 Another Rebelay was encountered on a standing slope and we continued down another 45 degree angle which cork screwed left for around 100ft to the bottom where a dead animal was present.
Geothermal cave, Utah
 We made it to a table top landing where the others were hanging out waiting for people to come down.
Geothermal cave, Utah
 We had another 50-60ft on mud slope with a cable as a handhold that took us down to the caves décor and the painted rooms!
Geothermal cave, Utah
 This was really beautiful as the evaporates blossomed out of veins in the rock which created a swirling texture to the walls with the other blazing colors that swirled within each other. The rock appeared to have a moist sandstone like clay texture to it and it appeared that we surrounded by this clay sandstone layer strikes in the limestone...
Geothermal cave, Utah
 I found this to be really interesting as it made me wonder if this was really a natural spring at one time with the sandstones, evaporates, and the colored mineral layers, to go along with the heat of the cave.
Geothermal cave, Utah
 It was quite hot at the bottom.  The cave continued another 100ft with a pit that drops into a room that ends the cave.
Geothermal cave, Utah
 I want to take Rodney Mulder for setting up this trip and taking all of us there in the windy rainy conditions. We all had a blast and it was a great cave to visit with our friends.
Geothermal cave, Utah

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